What Is Recovery Heart Rate?

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Recovery heart rate is how fast the heart rate declines after exercise. Abnormalities associated with impaired heart rate recovery can be a sign of health problems. Learn more about how the average recovery heart rate should fall at least 12 beats in the first minute with information from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on heart health.

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Hi, my name is Eric Frischhertz I'm a cardiologist in Austin, TX with Capital Cardiovascular Specialists, and I'm here to answer the question, "What is heart rate recovery?" A heart rate recovery is how fast your heart declines after exercise and in general we expect the heart rate to fall by at least twelve beats per minute in the first minute. This is an indication of overall cardiovascular health and specifically of your aerobic fitness. Abnormalities associated with impaired heart rate recovery can be as a result of overall low physical fitness or being out of shape. They can also be associated with having heart disease or blockage in the arteries, having a weak heart or having had heart attacks in the past have resulted in a weakened heart. So the heart rate recovery is important in determining the overall fitness and is useful in determining the presence of cardiovascular disease.

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